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How to open a Bank
While many banks offer services to open accounts online, international
students do not fit nicely into their categories. As such, it is best to
personally visit a branch to open an account. You may want to open an account
as soon as you arrive in Minnesota. You will need to have the following documents
Your passport (or any other state issued document such as a
driver’s license or State I.D card)
Any other immigration document (I-94 and
Social Security Card (this is not required for
you to open a bank account but it is required for online banking)
Standing Letter (this is not required but may be helpful to validate that
you are a current Hamline student in good standing)
A permanent mailing address
Some other financial
When you open a checking account, your bank will provide you
with checks. Paying with checks is a convenient method of payment. Some
businesses accept checks for payment with a valid I.D. Supermarkets usually
require a MN State ID to validate checks. Here are some tips to keep in mind when dealing with checks. Make sure that you keep track of the checks you write.
Sometimes checks are not deposited immediately and it may not show up in your
account balance. You may run into problems with overdraft fees if you do not
have sufficient funds in your account to
make payments. When depositing checks issued to you, you will
be required to endorse the checks by signing at the back of the check. Do not
endorse the checks until you are depositing it into your account, to avoid the
risk of a stolen check being cashed by someone else.
How to Write a Check
Learn how to write a check on About.com.
Overdraft Protection Fees
In the event that you
are making a check card transaction, withdrawing money from the ATM or someone
is depositing a check you wrote to them while your account has insufficient
funds, the bank will honor the transaction but charge you a fee for that
transaction. The average overdraft protection fee is $35 per transaction. If
you opt not to participate in the overdraft protection fee program, the bank
will simply reject any transaction or bounce checks if your account does not have
sufficient funds. It is advisable that you do not participate in this program
to avoid being charged large amounts in fees.
ATM Locations near Hamline University:
Banks near Hamline and Midway:
Tuition payments Tuition payments and other billing issues are handled through the Student Administrative Services office in East Hall
Hamline University Wire Transfer InformationIf you plan to do a wire transfer for a tuition payment, this is the information he/she will need:Name of BankUS BankP.O. Box 64830St. Paul, MN 55164-0830ABA Routing No. 091000022Hamline Account No. 3401171Swift Code: USBKUS44IMT (for international wires)Be sure to indicate the student’s name and ID number on the wire.
If you want a cell phone in the
U.S., you must contact any one of many wireless companies in the area. Most
companies require a Social Security Number (SSN) if you want to be billed for
your service. They may also try to encourage you to sign a two year contract
and offer you a discount on the price of the phone when you sign a two year
contract. However, there are options for obtaining cell phone service without
an SSN, such as “pay-as-you-go” plans and prepaid phones. You can find a
complete list of major wireless providers (such as Sprint, Verizon, AT&T,
Nextel, T-Mobile), as well as wireless retail stores by searching online at qwestdex.com.
When opening a cell phone account,
you will need identification, such as passport.
Companies & Locations:
AT&T, 2724 Lincoln Drive, Roseville, MN
55113Sprint, 1064 Grand Avenue, Saint Paul, MN 55105T-Mobile, 1460 University Avenue West, Saint
Paul, MN 55104Verizon, 474 Hamline Avenue North, Saint Paul,
www.amazon.com www.ebay.com www.collegetextbooks.com www.valorebooks.com www.wholesalecollegetextbooks.com
Websites to rent textbooks:www.chegg.com www.bookrenter.com www.campusbookrentals.com Other ways to get textbooks:
Rosedale Center 10 Rosedale center Roseville, MN 55113 (651) 633-0872 http://www.myrosedale.com/ Available at Rosedale: Macy’s, Herberger’s, JC Penneys, a variety of wireless services outlets
(AT & T, T-Mobile, Sprint), a large variety of men and women’s apparel
outlets, restaurants and a 14-screen AMC theater.
HarMar Mall 2100 Snelling Ave North Roseville, Minnesota 55113 (651) 631-0340 http://harmarmall.com/ Available at HarMar: Marshall’s, Barnes & Noble, CubFoods, Dress Barn, Famous Footwear,
Mall of America 60
East BroadwayBloomington, MN 55425 952-883-8800 http://www.mallofamerica.com/ Available at MoA: The biggest mall in America, it has more than 520 stores, several food
courts, a large variety of restaurants, an indoor amusement park and Aquarium
plus tones of other entertainment options.
Grand Ave http://www.grandave.com/ Available at Grand Ave: A variety of specialty stores, apparel stores and award-winning
MidWay Available at MidWay: Target, Walmart, Rainbow Groceries, CubFoods, Herberger’s, multiple
restaurants, wireless services, banks and many others. Ethnic Grocery Stores close to Hamline
Shanghai Market 1546 Como Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55108
Star Oriental Foods 633 Minnehaha Ave WSt Paul, MN 55104 (651) 488-2567
Shuang Hur Oriental Market 654 University Avenue W St Paul, MN 55145
Oriental Market (Korean) 689 Snelling AveSt Paul, MN 55104 (651) 646-0428
El Burrito Mercado 175 Cesar Chavez St St Paul, MN 55107 (651) 227-2192 http://www.elburritomercado.com
There are plenty of options to
eat out in pretty much any neighborhood in the Twin Cities. Cuisines from all
over the world and in all price ranges are available to choose from for hungry
Hamline students. Some great websites to check out restaurants, diners, pubs,
and bars are Yelp (http://www.yelp.com), Urbanspoon (http://www.urbanspoon.com) or OpenTable (http://www.opentable.com). Each of them lets you search in many
different ways, filtering results by neighborhood, style, price range, user
ratings and many more. Often times you will also find detailed information on
opening hours, location, or special happy hours offers with great discounts on
food and drinks.
Some of the places to grab a
bite closest to campus are located in Saint Paul’s Midway neighborhood between
the Anderson Center and University Avenue along Snelling Avenue. Here are some
ideas – all within one mile of Hamline’s campus:
Sea: Turkish restaurant, http://www.blacksearestaurant.com/ Mirror
of Korea: Korean restaurant, http://www.mirrorofkorea.com/ Fasika: Ethiopian restaurant, http://www.fasika.com/ On's
Kitchen: Thai restaurant, http://www.onskitchen.com/ Peking
Garden: Chinese restaurant, http://www.pekinggardenmn.com/ Sole
Café: Korean restaurant, http://solecafe.weebly.com/
Other great areas for food,
drinks, and more are Rosedale Shopping Center (four miles north of campus), and
many areas in or near both downtown Saint Paul and downtown Minneapolis.
Car & Driver's License: Read these tips for renting a car or find information about "Hour Car" on-campus car rental. For information about obtaining a driver's license, see the MN Department of Public Safety website.
Check out the bike rental page of our website for information and local trail maps
Visit the Metro Transit website for bus and lightrail transit in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area. You can get an application for a discounted Metro Transit bus pass at the Anderson Center Welcome Desk. It is $175 per semester for an unlimited ride pass. You must show your Hamline ID to get the discounted price.
To plan your travel in the US, see traveler's guide information for travel within the United States
For affordable airline tickets, search one of the many online ticket agencies, or search these budget airlines' websites:Southwest AirlinesFrontier AirlinesSun Country AirlinesAir Tran Airways
Remember to check the travel page of our website before traveling internationally or within the United States
Our office recommends the use of the Nice Ride bike system for your local biking transportation needs. The closest bike station is only one block from the Hamline campus, located at the corner of W. Minnehaha Ave and N. Simpson Street. The cost to use the Nice Ride system is a combination of a subscription price, plus trip fees. The up to date fees can be found on the Nice Ride website. • A trip starts when you take a bike and ends when you return it to any station. • No trip fee for the first 30 minutes of every trip. Trips lasting more than 30 minutes will incur trip fees. Note: trip fees can add up fast, see chart below • To avoid trip fees, simply return your bike to a station within 30 minutes, and check out another one. • Take as many trips as you want during your subscription. • 24 hr subscriptions require a $50 deposit, for more information see the Subscriptions page.
To use Nice Ride, you need a subscription. 24 hour subscriptions can be purchased using a credit card at the pay station located at each Nice Ride station. Users can also purchase a 1 year or 30-day subscription at substantial savings over 24 hour subscription by signing up on line. 24 hour subscribers users will be issued unlocking codes at the pay station, 1 year and 30 day subscribers will receive a Nice Ride key. Simply enter the unlocking code or insert your key in the locking dock of an available bike. When the green light turns on, pull the handlebars firmly toward you to release the bike. You can return your bike to any station in the system. Choose an empty space and push your bike firmly into the dock. When the bike is properly locked, the green light on the dock will turn on. Make sure the green light turns on. A bike that is not properly returned remains your responsibility. If you have trouble locking your bike, try another dock, or call customer service at 1-877-551-6423
Other Bike Rental Shops
Minnesota bicycle laws
Minnesota pocket guide to biking
Where to find my route?
Google maps and MapQuest
are resources to start. Click Get
directions, then you can determine your means of transportation (by car, public
transport, bike or foot) and find your optimal route and schedule to your
destination. It is also a good idea to double check the route & schedules
by visiting the Metro Transit
website. Note: Bus schedules on
weekends may differ from weekdays. Please make sure your results are accurate
and up to date.
Metro Transit website
How much does it cost?
The most common way to pay for the bus fare is to use cash. As
you get on the bus, put cash in the fare box next to the driver. Fare boxes
accept dollar bills, coins or tokens, but change
is not available. For information on other ways to pay for the bus, please
visit How Do I Pay
for the Bus.
Bus fares vary depending on your time of travel. During rush
hour times (approximately 6 am to 9am, and 3 pm to 6.30 pm) prices are slightly
higher than at other times. Check here
to see the anticipated bus fare.
What are the rules when riding the bus?
On the bus you can see a yellow cord near the seat along the
window. You should pull the cord to notify the driver before your stop.
You are allowed to take strollers, non-motorized bicycles,
wheelchairs/walkers and suitcases with you on the bus. However, you are NOT allowed to consume food, drinks
(unless it is covered), or alcohol when riding a bus.
Buses are considered public spaces. Please be mindful about
your words and conversations with others.
Additionally, there may be other rules you are required obey
which may be different from your home country. Be sure to read the Code of conduct
before your travel.
While studying at Hamline
University, you may need to obtain a Minnesota driver’s license and have your
In order to apply for a
driver’s license, you need to present a combination of one primary and one
secondary form of identification. Please see Identification Requirements.
Knowledge (Written) Test: Knowledge (Written) tests are available on a
walk-in basis at a Driver and Vehicle Services Exam Station during certain hours. You must show proper
identification when you are ready to take the test. The knowledge (written)
test contains multiple choice and True/False questions that show how well you
know and understand Minnesota traffic laws and road signs. Only one test is
allowed per day. Some stations offer a computerized test which is available in
English or several other languages (Hmong, Vietnamese, Somali, Spanish and
Skills (Road) Test: The skills (road) test consists of a
demonstration of your vehicle's safety equipment, your vehicle control skills
and a driving performance test. You are tested on your ability to drive a motor
vehicle safely under normal traffic conditions. You may not have anyone in the
car during the test other than the driver examiner. We recommend that you make
an appointment for a skills (road) test. This can be done online or by calling (651) 284-1234.
Class D, regular or under
Third and Subsequent Skill Test after failing first two: $20
Third and Subsequent Knowledge Test after failing first two: $10
New Resident - Just the
Conditions and Your License - Just the Facts
(Fast Track) Driver's License - Just the Facts
For more information,
please visit: Department of Public Safety
If you have a valid driver’s license, you can opt
for short-term car rental.
The HOURCAR rental has a car
available on the St. Paul campus and is a good option if you are interested in
renting a car for several hours. You will need an annual membership to rent
with them. Visit their website to find out more details on rental policies and
cost. The HOURCAR location on campus is located on Simpson and Hewitt.
The HOURCAR is only available for daily rental. If
you are interested in renting a car for several days, you may want to do so
through car rental agencies. Agencies vary in cost of rental and may charge
extra fees if you are under the age of 25, if you do not have an American
driver’s license or if you desire to pay using a debit card instead of credit
card. Be sure to find out about these fees when renting a car.
There are several nationwide car rental agencies.
The closest one to the Hamline St. Paul campus is Enterprise
Rent-A-Car. For more information on renting a car, visit this website.
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